Dickinson College

Dickinson College, Carlyle, Pennsylvania

Dickinson College in Carlyle, Pennsylvania, was chartered six days after the signing of the Treaty of Paris, making it the first college to be founded after the formation of the United States. But despite its age, it continues to be a forward-looking institution, widely recognized as a leader in global and sustainability education.

Despite icy rain and a covering of wet snow, I had the pleasure of touring Dickinson College in Carlyle, Pennsylvania, this week. The rigorous academics, the breadth or curriculum, the robust campus life, and the extent of extracurricular activities I learned about first-hand tell only part of the story.


The students themselves were the best advertisement for their school. They spoke enthusiastically about the relationships with their professors and administration, the involved and engaged student body, and a myriad of opportunities for undergraduate research and studying abroad. If you are at all interested in small liberal arts colleges, don’t overlook a visit to Dickinson.

Important Facts About Dickinson:
• Meets 100% of demonstrated need.
Offers merit aid.
• Most of their class is drawn from the early decision and early action pools, leaving only 25% acceptance from the regular pool of applicants.
• 20% of the student body is comprised of persons of color.
• This year (2019) they had 6,500 applications—a record number for them.
• Demonstrated interest is a part of the admissions process.

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